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With the next Obamacare enrollment period approaching on Nov. 15, new numbers from Obamacare’s first go-round are finally shedding some light on who bought what earlier this year.  According to a Heritage Foundation analysis, seven out of 10 newly insured under Obamacare are actually on Medicaid. “When it comes to covering the uninsured, Obamacare so far is mainly a simple expansion of Medicaid,” Heritage Foundation analyst Edmund Haislmaier wrote.  Prior data has mainly
An Oklahoma district court judge has allowed the state’s law regulating the use of a common abortifacient to take effect Nov. 1, although he temporarily suspended the portions that make abortion providers legally liable.  The Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR) sought to block the law earlier this month, claiming it violates women’s rights and could increase the number of women who choose surgical abortions. The law requires abortionists to adhere to FDA protocol when
The longer I live as a Christian the more I realize that fundamentals are what lead to success. It holds true in just about any area of life: business, family, and especially faith. But one of the best places to see examples of the importance of fundamentals is in sports. What do the Kansas City Royals, San Francisco Giants, San Antonio Spurs, Miami Heat, New England Patriots, and Seattle Seahawks have in common? Two things: They are (or have been) highly successful because of their
Employees who improperly scrutinized conservative groups won’t be punished
On a recent Saturday I was with a group of 25 women who were strangers to me. The “ice-breaker” assignment was to find four things we had in common with the woman seated next to us. I was next to Carmen, and after eliminating as unworthy the commonalities of gender and being born in the 20th century, we got down to business. Number of children? Carmen has none. As a stab in the dark she said, “Do you speak French?” and I smiled, “Depends who’s asking.” But this line of
Nina Pham, the Dallas nurse who contracted Ebola while treating the only U.S. patient to die of the deadly virus, is cured and was released today from the Maryland hospital where she was being treated. “I feel fortunate and blessed to be standing here today,” Pham said during a press conference this morning. “First of all, I would like to thank God, my family and friends. Throughout this ordeal, I put my trust in God and my medical team.” Pham, 26, was diagnosed with Ebola shortly
NEW YORK—Heiner Bielefeldt, the UN special rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief, said the UN is not doing enough to protect its sources who report religious freedom abuses to the body. “The important work is done by people on the ground,” Bielefeldt said at a lunch in New York with staff from nongovernmental organizations. “Rapporteurs come, rapporteurs go.” As part of Bielefeldt’s job (which is unpaid), he traveled to Vietnam this year to gather information about
Questionable motives. A Queens resident attacked four rookie New York Police Department officers with a hatchet Thursday, wounding two of them before he was fatally shot. The attacker, 32-year-old Zale Thompson, had connections to Islam, though so far they go no further than a quote of the Quran on his Facebook page. He reportedly called for a guerilla-style revolution on American soil, but the reasons why are unclear. “There’s nothing we know at this time that would indicate that
Listening to singer-songwriter Cory Bishop is as easy as putting on a pair of old shoes. Bishop sings with a soft crackle, like Bruce Springsteen but mellowed, worn, and smooth. Demonstrating an easy mastery of country and folk-rock, Bishop ambles down many of the highways and byways of musical history on his new self-titled EP. Those old shoes walk to some surprising new places as well. Bishop freshens up his country with an R&B feel, and lyrics abound with vivid imagery and
Did the actor find Christ while filming Fury, or was he just acting?
Video games often appeal to the human desire for power. In most games, players start with limited powers and resources and as they progress, grow stronger and become better resourced. This is a tried and true formula—research suggests people play video games because it makes them feel powerful and accomplished. In video games, players can save the world. But our desire to bring salvation, even if only in virtual worlds, is naive. Such games fail to adequately recognize a reality that is
Lately I’ve taken up the habit of praying through index cards. My college lit professor did this, endlessly walking around the campus pond praying for our needs. He knew our needs because he’d had private interviews with us, where he’d scrawled the information down in bullet points. Then he took to the pond, shuffling through cards all the while. So I have started, too. I walk the Virginia roads with my ever-growing stack, praying for my uncles, a cousin, a downstairs neighbor who
Biomedical researchers have developed a new technology that allows scientists to edit the genetic code of any species. The CRISPR (Clustered, Regularly Interspersed Short Palindromic Repeats) system allows researchers to destroy, change, or enhance genes. Scientists envision a day when the CRISPR technology will wipe out human diseases caused by abnormalities in a single gene. On the flip side, the new technology could make the stuff of science-fiction movies a reality. Jennifer Doudna,
A federal judge ruled in favor of Puerto Rico’s law defining marriage as between a man and a woman this week in an opinion that affirmed both states’ rights and traditional family structure. U.S. District Court Judge Juan Pérez-Giménez upheld the constitutionality of the 1902 Puerto Rico marriage statute following a challenge by five homosexual couples. The couples’ attorney said they would appeal. In his opinion, Pérez-Giménez wrote that heterosexual marriage was essential
“Rabbi, is there a proper blessing for the czar?” He thinks for a moment and responds: “May God bless and keep the czar … far away from us!” — Fiddler on the Roof Today, “czar” is a term encouraged by the media to describe one who oversees a specific government policy. According to The Atlantic , President Franklin Roosevelt “solidified the trend” of using the word czar to identify policy appointees. Some modern presidents appointed several czars. Ronald Reagan named just
Untruths, cover-ups, and falsifications cannot last in the long run, but the truth is unkillable. Proverbs is not poetic but a promise you can take to the bank: “Truthful lips endure forever, but a lying tongue is but for a moment” (Proverbs 12:19, ESV). Unkillable, I would say, like Jesus was unkillable. When the forces of evil in high places finally drove Him to an early grave, they soon found to their dismay that He could not stay dead: “God raised him up, loosing the pangs of
So predictable. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention head Tom Frieden has not inspired confidence that he knows how to fight an infectious disease like the Ebola virus. That’s not surprising, according to this City Journal story, which explores his stint as head of New York City’s public health department where he took on smoking, salt, and high calorie restaurant foods while striking out against swine flu. Gift to humanity. Pulitzer-prize winning historian David Oshinsky compares
Can video games help create cultural understanding and inspire evangelism?
Facebook isn’t just interested in where you are and what you’re doing. It also wants to know whether you’re safe. The social media giant’s latest feature, Safety Check, will help Facebook users quickly alert their family and friends that they are safe after a natural disaster such as an earthquake or tsunami. Designed to work on the company’s mobile and desktop versions (including its Android and iOS apps), the feature also allows users to check their friends’ safety
Long time coming. A federal jury in Washington on Wednesday convicted four former Blackwater security guards of slaughtering innocent Iraqis in 2007. The State Department had hired the guards to protect American diplomats. On Sept. 16, 2007, while guarding a convoy, the men opened fire on a crowded square in Baghdad, killing 14 Iraqis and wounding 17 others. They claimed it was self-defense, but prosecutors said they found no evidence of incoming gunfire and the attack was unprovoked. The
Prime Minister Stephen Harper says shooting rampage was an act of terrorism
“How long, O Lord, holy and true, until You judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?” (Revelation 6:10, NKJV) Only God knows the appointed time, place, and method of our death. I occasionally joke with my family about wanting to go out as a hero, stopping a terrorist and saving thousands of lives, pushing a child from the path of an oncoming car, stepping in front of a bullet meant for someone with young children to raise. But what about a martyr’s death? I rarely
Robert O. Lopez is openly bisexual, although he has a wife and two children. Raised by lesbian parents, the Cal State-Northridge English professor advocates civil unions and foster parenting for homosexual couples. But because he opposes homosexual couples raising children of their own, he has been blacklisted by pro-LGBT organizations like the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and GLAAD.  HRC featured Lopez in its “Export of Hate” report and in a recent email sent to its members. The
This article is the 14th in the White House Wednesday series   by The World and Everything in It  looking at potential 2016 candidates for president. Earlier installments profiled Republicans Rick Perry , Bobby Jindal , Paul Ryan ,   Rand Paul , Jeb Bush , Ted Cruz , Chris Christie , Mitt Romney , and Rick Santorum , and Democrats   Elizabeth Warren , Joe Biden , Andrew Cuomo , Martin O’Malley, Jim Webb, and Bernie Sanders . Oftentimes, long-shot candidates for president will run knowing even if they
They say the Enlightenment is what caused Christian colleges like Harvard, Williams, Bowdoin, Middlebury, and Amherst to fall from grace. I have never entirely bought that proposition. It is not that I dispute the identity of the proximate irritant to faith; I dispute whether the Enlightenment could have made a dent in the faith if the faith had been firmly established. Harvard, of course, was founded in 1636 by Puritan Congregationalists for the purpose of training ministers. One of the
A California nonprofit helps immigrant detainees tell their stories of isolation, suffering, and abuse
Autopsy analysis. An article in today’s St. Louis Post–Dispatch claims Michael Brown, the unarmed teen shot in Ferguson, Mo., in August, may have gone for officer Darren Wilson’s gun during an altercation. After looking at the official autopsy report, experts told the newspaper a wound on Brown’s thumb indicates it was near Wilson’s gun when he fired. Material in the wound was consistent with a shot fired at very close range. Judy Melinek, a forensic pathologist in San Francisco,
The mother of a U.S. Marine veteran imprisoned in Mexico for six months after making a wrong turn at the border pleaded earlier this month with lawmakers for his return, saying her son’s condition is rapidly worsening.  Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi—a 26-year-old combat veteran who served two tours in Afghanistan and suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder—has deteriorated since being locked up almost seven months ago on gun charges. In an emotional congressional hearing on Oct.
The beloved quadriplegic and disability activist takes the American church to task for trying to eliminate suffering from the Christian life
In just two weeks, the constant attack ads, robo-calls and campaign postcards in voters’ mailboxes will come to a sudden, blissful end, except in Georgia and Louisiana. The U.S. Senate races in those states have the potential to go on past the first Tuesday in November and might be in play into December or even January. Georgia and Louisiana employ a runoff system. If no candidate captures at least 50 percent of the vote, the top two vote-getters meet in a final election. In Louisiana,
A researcher for the Chinese government announced last week that all couples in China will be allowed to have a second child in two years, the latest easing of the 1979 one-child policy, according to Bloomberg. While the modification is a step forward, critics believe the country’s issues of gender imbalance, a shrinking labor force, and forced abortions won’t be solved until the family planning policy is abolished and Chinese society begins to value life. “People wish to choose the
Catholic bishops changed course on their softening tone on gays and divorcees Saturday in a final report released by the Synod on the Family, a two-week gathering of Catholic leaders called by Pope Francis to discuss matters of marriage and family. A draft report published last week took an accepting stance towards homosexuality, divorce, and cohabitation, issues on which the Vatican has historically stood fast. Traditional Catholic doctrine calls homosexual sex “intrinsically
North Korea has released American detainee Jeffrey Fowle, who was arrested there nearly six months ago, the State Department said Tuesday. Fowle, 56, of Miamisburg, Ohio, was accused of leaving a Bible at a nightclub in the northern port city of Chongjin, which would have violated the rules of his tourist visa. He had not yet undergone trial, unlike two other Americans still being held in North Korea. Fowle flew out of North Korea on a U.S. government jet that Associated Press journalists
Houston recently passed an ordinance through its city council that has sparked quite a bit of controversy amongst conservative evangelicals. The Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO), a broad-sweeping, left-leaning law trumpeted by the City of Houston and its openly homosexual mayor, Annise Parker, is supposed to protect gay, lesbian, and transgender people from discrimination. All well and good, but according to the Independent Journal Review, the ordinance to ensure nondiscrimination,
Despite a resurgence of hot-button topics for Republicans, Democrats continue to defy odds and keep races close
Relief in Dallas. The Department of Homeland Security announced this morning that travelers from Ebola-impacted countries in West Africa must arrive at one of five airports when coming to the United States. Those airports will have enhanced screening to try to stop a person with the Ebola virus from exposing the general public to the disease. As dozens of Dallas residents emerge from quarantine, declared free from the Ebola virus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
My husband lost a week’s pay. It must have fallen out of his pocket at the hardware store. He waited a week to tell me because he feared my reaction. My reaction was to pray immediately, telling God that we trust Him with the finances, and thanking Him for the way He always provides for us. I’m sharing this story not for my glory but for His. First of all, as my husband noted, I wouldn’t have responded that way in the past. It is God’s perfecting in me—working with my
People with different ability levels need the arts, and the arts need them, too
San Francisco outfielder Travis Ishikawa doesn’t recall rounding the bases after hitting a three-run, walk-off home run Thursday night that beat the St. Louis Cardinals and sent the Giants to the World Series. “The next thing I remember was being thrown down with my jersey ripped off, and then, finally, I was just so out of breath from yelling and screaming, and I had to have guys help me stand back up to finish celebrating,” he said following the 6-3 win in Game 5 in the National
Under a city ordinance, pastors who operate a wedding chapel business can’t refuse to perform same-sex marriages
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